Sound and Space: Our Acoustic Perception of the World

The elaborate Palau de la Música Catalana (1905–1908) was concceived as a place where the music would be embodied by architecture and sculpture. (David Ramos/Getty Images) I call architecture frozen music. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, writer The most essential auditory experience created by architecture is tranquility. Architecture More...

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The Theatrical Art of Designing Space

Walt Spangler’s fascinating set for “Desire Under the Elms.” (Courtesy of Walt Spangler) Most of us never think about how space is designed in buildings, but a theatrical set design is, by More...

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Books to Help Us Understand Homelessness

(BHCHP Press; Greenhaven Press) Homelessness is a complex issue, affecting more people than we’d like to think. A report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 2015 said More...

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Theater Review: ‘Fade’

Lucia (Annie Dow) and Abel (Eddie Martinez) in Tanya Saracho’s “Fade.” (James Leynse) NEW YORK—Playwright Tanya Saracho has taken on the provocative topics of ethnicity and class in her 100-minute More...

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Valentine’s Day Poetry for Any Situation

The Reception Of Christopher Columbus By Ferdinand II Of Aragon And Isabella by Eugene Deveria. For Valentine’s Day, I offer you some love poems for almost any situation. The first poem, by the great More...

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Rhymes Remain Fertile Ground for Humorists

From Mother Goose to Dr. Seuss, rhyming poetry has induced laughter in children for century after century. The enchantment of rhyme, while considered somewhat passé now among modernists, loses none of its magic More...

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The Grand Gateway in Waiting: Envisioning the New-Old Penn Station

Penn Station, New York, circa 1911. (Public domain) A photo of the original McKim, Mead and White Penn Station on display in the Amtrak concourse of Pennsylvania Station in New York, on Feb. 6, 2017. (Samira More...

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Affirming the Art in Architecture

Richard Cameron, architectural designer and co-founder of Atelier & Co. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, on Jan. 19, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times) NEW YORK—When Richard Cameron shows up at a meeting with More...

By admin On Saturday, February 11th, 2017
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Exquisite Art Chosen by a Man of Great Taste

“The Triumph of Venus,” 1740, by François Boucher (French, 1703–1770). Oil on canvas. (Nationalmuseum of Sweden) NEW YORK—A politician, courtier, diplomat, artist, writer, historian, philosopher, More...

By admin On Friday, February 10th, 2017
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Theater Review: ‘Big River’

(L–R) Kyle Scatliffe as Jim and Nicholas Barasch as Huck, in the musical “Big River,” based on Mark Twain’s novel “Huckleberry Finn.” (Joan Marcus) NEW YORK—”Human beings can be so cruel More...